NYMM Talks

Just because you’re socially distant, doesn’t mean you have to be out of the loop. Join the conversation as experts dig into the challenges and opportunities facing the music industry.

  • Women In Music
    Antiracism & True Allyship Women in Music

    Join us for an anti-racism workshop and roundtable conversation about true allyship in music as we learn about the formation of racist ideologies, how they affect our lives and our industry, and identify ways in which we can create change as individuals, and as a community.

    Featured Speakers:

    Dr. Raygine DiAquoi, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Culture, & Inclusion at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

    Nicole Barsalona, President, Women in Music / Artist Manager

    More speakers to be announced!

    Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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    “Women Leading the Music Industry” Virtual Panel Discussion New York Foundation for the Arts

    New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to present a series of events showcasing new recordings, music videos, and panel discussions with industry professionals to celebrate women-identifying artists and recipients of the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre.

    Panelists will discuss their career trajectories in the music industry and the roadblocks that they have overcome along the way. The panel will showcase the expertise of Nikisha Bailey, Vice President of A&R Admin + Operations for Artist Partner Group; Christal Jerez, audio engineer; and Marietta Ulacia, Executive Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance of New York. 

    Date: Monday, March 8, 2021

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  • Izzi Ramkissoon performing
    Creative Strategies for Making Electronic Music Izzi Ramkissoon

    This discussion will review modern approaches to electronic music creation with panelist Ebonie Smith, Margaret Schedel, Cristian Amigo, and moderator Izzi Ramkissoon.  The panelist will discuss the latest music technology trends and how innovation in the field of technology has influenced their creative process.  Each artist will review different strategies for working on electronic music compositions, musical theater, and the interactive musical performances.

    Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

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  • digital editing station showing a film score and a video
    Music And Film: Who Gets To Score For Film And Why Are So Many Talented Voices Omitted From The Soundtracks Of Our Times? New Music USA

    In 2019, 94% of scores for the top 250 box office films were written by men. There are no official stats about race and ethnicity. Get advice and perspectives from composers and filmmakers about what we can do to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for the many composers yet to be included in one of the world’s most popular art forms. 

    Confirmed panelists:  Composer & artist Tamar-Kali and composer, artist and educator Nico Muhly.

    Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021,  5:00 – 6:00 PM

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  • fairplay logo with mic and mixer
    The Power of Non-Commercial Radio and Community: From The Inside Out FairPlay

    This panel will provide an introduction to the inner workings and the importance of non-commercial radio with a focus on what NYC’s independent music community, and specifically non-commercial radio stations are doing to fight for racial and social justice on air and beyond.  The conversation is inspired by a newly formed nonprofit group called FairPlay made up of radio stations, DJs, record labels, music industry professionals and activists all over the US that have been meeting weekly to discuss strategies for combating racism and amplifying BIPOC voices and stories. We’ll be joined by local flagship non-commercial radio stations to talk about the ways they’ve evolved to serve their communities, as well as by key organizations working to encourage diversity through structural change. We’ll discuss everyone’s current initiatives and share ideas on how to encourage diversity from within in order to truly serve your audience.

    Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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  • Interlude + 2021 Person sitting at laptop in recording studio
    Interlude+ Offline Projects

    INTERLUDE+ is a hands-on music & art three-part workshop series for and by the LGBTQ+ community, bringing together respected musicians, artists and industry leaders to inspire a new generation of creatives in nontraditional virtual environments. 

    1. Disco Discourse: An in-depth conversation with the iconic Studio 54 tracing their influence on queer nightlife, and their transformation into a music label.
    2. New Identities of the New Era: Two rising queer artists come together to discuss the evolution of identity & artistry in a new era of music and culture.
    3. Sound Of Design: Crossover musicians / designers discuss how music & design converge in the transmedia age.

    Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021. 3:00 – 6:00 PM

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    Amplifying Voices: Who’s Composing Orchestral Music Today And How Can We Make It More Inclusive? New Music USA

    Hear from composers and representatives of the orchestral world about how we can support and promote symphonic music which better reflects the diverse communities of NYC. What are the barriers for composers and what can the leaders of major institutions do to transform the current and future landscape?

    Confirmed speakers: Composer Jessie Montgomery with more to be announced soon.

    Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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  • verifi media
    Avoiding Metadata Disasters: How Independent Creators and Companies Can Win the Data Game Verifi Media

    Even seasoned independent labels and artists can find the world of metadata registration and management tricky at the best of times, and nightmarish at the worst. One mistake can cost an artist thousands of dollars in lost sync license revenue opportunities, or bury their music at the bottom of an algorithmic pile. In addition to this, data standards and registration bodies move quickly — leaving creators feeling left behind and frustrated. Verifi Media has run a series of research projects into deconstructing the myth and mystery of metadata in order to help creators, labels and publishers win the data game and mitigate against disaster. Join Chloe Johnson of Verifi Media and Anya Marina, independent artist and label owner, for a presentation and discussion on metadata best practices using real-life examples and practical steps. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A. 

     Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

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  • Bronx Music heritage center music by the book nymmep event series
    Music By the Book Bronx Music Heritage Center

    Bronx Music Heritage Center Artistic Directors Bobby Sanabria and Elena Martinez interview authors of recent books with topics covering all things musical. The authors will take questions from viewers during the program.

    Puerto Rican composer Prof. Rafael Aponte Ledee, considered one of the most important contemporary classical composers of our times, will discuss his book, El Ombligo de la Plena.  This interview will be conducted in Spanish.

    Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 8:00 PM

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    Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: New York and the Birth of Hip-Hop Jeff Chang

    This panel will talk about hip-hop’s roots and why it continues to be one of New York City’s great contributions to global culture. It will feature stories from the pioneering hip-hop family of DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell, whose August 1973 party is commonly cited as the beginning of the hip-hop movement. And from Davey D and Rob Kenner, who almost half a century later work through hip-hop to advance social change 


    • Davey D, hip-hop journalist, activist and historian, co-author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of Hip-Hop, Young Adult Edition”
    • DJ Kool Herc, “the Father of Hip-Hop”
    • Cindy Campbell, the “Mother of Hip-Hop”
    • Rob Kenner – hip-hop/dancehall journalist and filmmaker, author of “The Marathon Don’t Stop”
    • Moderated by Jeff Chang, co-author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of Hip-Hop, Young Adult Edition”

    Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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  • Reimagining Opera as Film During the Pandemic Boosey & Hawkes

    When the pandemic hit, music creators and producers had to figure out new, visually compelling ways to present opera and other stage works in the digital space. Join us for a conversation about turning operas into full-fledged film productions with film sets, soundtrack recording sessions, and directors. Genre-bending composers David T. Little (Soldier Songs) and Angelica Negron (The Island We Made), and visionary opera producers Sarah Williams (Opera Philadelphia) and Beth Morrison (Beth Morrison Projects) will discuss re-envisioning the production process, as well as the creative possibilities that open up when you turn traditional performance into film.

    Date: Tuesday May 4, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 PM

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  • the future of the digital music industry
    The Future of the Digital Music Industry Warner Music and NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program

    Oana Ruxandra, EVP, Business Development and Chief Digital Officer at Warner Music Group (WMG) will chat with NYU Music Business professor Larry Miller about innovation and the continued digital transformation of the music industry. The session will explore how innovative technologies create exciting new opportunities for recorded music, including fitness, virtual concerts, virtual/augmented reality and social networks, as well as some of the challenges these new technologies create for artists and labels.

    Date: Monday, May 10, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

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  • Music and VR
    The Future of VR & Music Music Industry City

    Join this unique conversation which will be live-streamed, and also held in virtual reality. You will learn about the latest technologies, integrations, and the future of VR & Music from artists, DJs, tech experts, world builders, and musicians already creating immersive and engaging experiences – and how to incorporate them into your career.

    Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 8:00 PM

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  • mic and headphones in front of a mixer
    New Rules: Reinventing The Reach Of Radio Co-sign

    Radio has long worked hand in hand with the world of activism. Since its inception this medium has been well known for having a hyper-local connection with the community, and for their ability to respond to and share news with the public whether through words or music. That trend has continued over the years, but as the medium has grown we’ve also seen DJs and radio personalities create truly innovative roles for themselves off the mic to help their communities build and grow. Our panelists will discuss what’s changed in the way radio engages with their audiences, and what the roles and responsibilities as programmers, DJs and music industry professionals look like today.

    Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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  • Bronx Music heritage center music by the book nymmep event series
    Music By the Book Bronx Music Heritage Center

    Bronx Music Heritage Center Artistic Directors Bobby Sanabria and Elena Martinez interview authors of recent books with topics covering all things musical. The authors will take questions from viewers during the program.

    Musician and educator Ben Lapidus, will discuss the Latin music scene in NYC with his latest book, New York and the International Sound of Music.

    Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 8:00 PM

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  • The Future of the Creator Economy is 3D- Immersive Worlds, Collectables and $$$ NFT3D.ME

    The Creator Economy will soon be in immersive 3D interactive worlds that also include real-world engagement and real-time, direct to creator payments. 

    On this panel, we will talk about how brands, artists, musicians, athletes and influencers are using next-generation tools for 3D creation. We will showcase photogrammetry, volumetric capture, ambient audio and virtual production that historically has been used by large media companies and are now accessible by individual creators. And of course, we will talk about NFT’s.  

    Join us for a fun and lively conversation with industry experts Eric Schwertzel, Bill Craig and special guests.  

    Date: Thursday, June 2, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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  • Universal Music Group
    The Apollo Documentary: Viewing and Live Discussion Universal Music Group

    Universal Music Group is hosting a virtual screening of the HBO Documentary Film, THE APOLLO, which chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of the Apollo Theater, and a live panel discussion with UMG General Counsel and interim CEO of Def Jam Recordings Jeff Harleston; film producer Lisa Cortés; and Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. The panel will take place on June 4th at 7pm ET and the film will be available to stream on-demand from June 2 – June 9. 

    Date: Friday, June 4, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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  • Concord Theatricals
    HADESTOWN: the blurring and creative interplay between theater and live music Concord Theatricals

    The Tony Award-winning musical HADESTOWN celebrates the best of American folk and New Orleans-inspired jazz. Listen as these Broadway artists discuss their roots in the music world, creating music for theater, and the blurring and creative interplay between theater and live music. Panel will include Todd Sickafoose, the Tony-winning co-orchestrator and two of the women in the band: Marika Hughes (cello) and Dana Lyn (violin). Imogen Lloyd Webber will be the moderator.

    Date:  June 8, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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  • the shed
    The Makings of a Reopening The Shed

    What does it take to reopen New York City’s newest arts center on the heels of a pandemic? Located in Hudson Yards, the Shed was not even a year old when it was forced to close due to Covid-19. The organization would celebrate its second anniversary by welcoming back New Yorkers with a five-performance series, An Audience With, which was a celebration of the irreplaceable, communal experience of an audience with live music and comedy. Join members of the Shed’s production team as they reflect on how they made it happen.

    Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021,  5:00 – 6:00 PM

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    Renee Goust Album Release Interview NY Foundation for the Arts

    Renee Goust joins NYFA’s Program Officer Anna Wang in conversation as they talk about the creative process of Goust’s new album, Resister.

    Resister, funded by the The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, combines Mexican and American folk traditions with queer forward lyrics to express personal and political empowerment. Performed and engineered by a team of women and queer identifying artists, Renee and Anna discuss the creative process of the creating album and reflect on the challenges and successes along the way. Resister was released on May 29.

    Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 11:00 AM

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  • Bronx Music heritage center music by the book nymmep event series
    Music By the Book Bronx Music Heritage Center

    Bronx Music Heritage Center Artistic Directors Bobby Sanabria and Elena Martinez interview authors of recent books with topics covering all things musical. The authors will take questions from viewers during the program.

    Prof. Ivor Miller will discuss his new book, The Sacred Language of the Abakua, and discuss the references to rumba and other forms of Afro Cuban music.

    Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 8:00 PM

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  • 300
    300 Sparta Master Class: featuring Kevin Liles 300 Entertainment

    This master class will enable aspiring artists to gain insight into the modern-day music industry from Billboard’s 2020 Executive of the Year, Kevin Liles. Kevin Liles, Music Mogul, and Entrepreneur will cover the 101 of the music business journey. Kevin Liles will retrace his professional journey. He will discuss his successes, failures, and reasons he is stronger and grateful for them.

    1. Entrepreneurship in the music industry: taking control of one’s own business
    2. Music is more than a product, it’s medicine
    3. Marketing & Promo, building your own musical brand and connecting to your audience

    Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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  • Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project
    Harlem’s Black & Jewish Music Culture, from Tin Pan Alley to America’s Songbook Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project

    New York’s Tin Pan Alley on West 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue was the birthplace of American Popular Music due to the many sheet music publishers based there in the late 19th and early 20th century.  On Tin Pan Alley, African American artists lived, interacted, and worked in Harlem with Jewish talents and theatrical producers who resided and worked there too in what was then the second largest Jewish community in New York.  Drawing from his research and extensive collection of sheet music and theater memorabilia, John Reddick’s talk weaves together this Black & Jewish collaboration that crafted the American songbook evolving from relationships rooted in Harlem and Tin Pan Alley.

    Date: June 2021

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